10 December 2016

1832: reform or revolution? (Photo: Getty)

Lesson of 2016: if you address people's concerns, "populism" goes away

10 December 2016 9:00 am

When The Spectator was founded 188 years ago, it became part of what would now be described as a populist…


Portrait of the year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

January The cost of an annual season ticket from Cheltenham to London rose to £9,800. Oil fell below $30 a…

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Oh no! Do I have to save the world as well as writing books?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Novelists can’t merely tell cracking tales. We’re supposed to save the world. At the University of Kent, a student implored…

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One thing I learned in 2016 – it’s hateful being right all the time

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Merry Christmas everyone. Here are some things I learned — or relearned — in 2016.   1. That which does…

Ed Balls and Laura Whitmore arrive for the launch of 'Strictly Come Dancing 2016' (Photo: Getty)

How to put a positive spin on this bizarre year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be a positive, optimistic column. I promise. Because, look, let’s be honest, I’ve been a bit…


When the Donald met the Vlad - a leaked transcript

10 December 2016 9:00 am

That first encounter between the two great leaders…

My Son the Fanatic (Photo: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

'My son the fanatic' revisited

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Fanatics, fundamentalists and fascists


What can Nigel Farage be planning to wreck in 2017?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

One remark from the Christmas party season knocks insistently around my head. It came from Nigel Farage on a staircase…


Theresa May: ‘I get so frustrated with Whitehall’

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May on everything from Brexit to Christmas

John Lithgow as Winston Churchill in The Crown

Why we screenwriters want to work for Netflix more than the BBC

10 December 2016 9:00 am

How the Americans reinvented British television drama


I'm not Chancellor, so I don't have 2,056 cards to sign. What do I do now?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

One thing I won’t miss about No. 11 Downing Street are the Christmas cards: 2,056 Christmas cards to be exact. That…


The seven moments that lost the referendum for Remain

10 December 2016 9:00 am

If any of the following had happened, Remain could have won


My garden is not ‘neglected’. It’s a wildlife habitat

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The morning is cold and dark but the orchard is thronged with birds. Moorhens dash from one side to the…

America’s first great cultural export

How Santa Claus ate Father Christmas

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Presents, stockings, the flying sleigh? It all began as a New York practical joke

Intruder breaking in at Christmas while the family is away

A QC's guide to Christmas crime

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Why Christmas is busy for us criminal barristers


Philip Hammond's school days

10 December 2016 9:00 am

The young Philip Hammond was a right-leaning, Telegraph-reading, teacher-challenging dance entrepreneur


A quick drink with The Most Seen Human Who Has Ever Lived

10 December 2016 9:00 am

I was drinking in the bar of Manhattan’s Nomad Hotel when in snuck The Most Seen Human Ever To Have…


Matthew Parris vs Matt Ridley on Brexit bitterness

10 December 2016 9:00 am

A conversation about Brexit and bitterness

Red dawn: Lenin demands revolution, April 1917

The centenary of the Russian revolution should be mourned, not celebrated

10 December 2016 9:00 am

As its centenary looms, never forget the brutal oppression ushered in by the Russian Revolution


The 75 most annoying people of 2016

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Irritations of the year


It’s weird when your friend becomes leader of the free world

10 December 2016 9:00 am

It’s weird being friends with someone who suddenly becomes President of the United States, not least for the reflected glory…

An air raid warden on the look-out for enemy planes at a football match between Charlton and Arsenal, 1940 (Photo: Getty)

The consolations of sports geekery

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Sports geekery is a comfort in dark times – like, say, now


The Dwelling: a Charlie Zailer Christmas story

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Charlie Zailer wasn’t sure if she’d won or lost. On the victory side of the equation, she’d managed to avoid…


Julia’s Baby

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Illustrated by Morten Morland